22 May '11, 2am
Unknown virus leading to acute liver failure causes death of 22-year-old NSman
An unknown virus that led to acute liver failure has claimed the life of a 22-year-old NSman. Mr Hoo Shuwei developed a high fever on May 1, and was admitted to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) two days later for flu-like symptoms. Associate Professor Ooi Choon Jin, head of the hospital's gastroenterology and hepatology department, said Mr Hoo was 'already in acute organs failure upon his admission'. He was placed under the care of a team led by liver specialists. Preliminary laboratory investigations had ruled out common viral causes such as hepatitis A, B, C and E, and other less common causes like metabolic disease and inheritable disorders. But Mr Hoo's condition started deteriorating rapidly and he was put on the priority waiting list for a transplant. He died 10 days after he was admitted, before a donor was available. Read the full report in The Sunday Times.